Dear Becci,

Below you will find the yummy granola recipe that I am making today!
If you give it a shot...let me know what you think!

I add dried Traverse City Cherries to mine right before I pour my milk...Dustin doesn't care for fruit in his, so I don't add it to the whole batch. Play with it...let me know what you think!

Healthy Homemade Granola

Dry Ingredients:
6 cups rolled oats (you can also use a combination of rolled grains)
2 cups of raw almonds and/or walnuts (or other nuts)
½ cup raw pumpkin seeds (or sunflower seeds)
½ cup sesame seeds or flax seed
½ cup wheat germ or ground flax seed.
Optional: ½ cup unsweetened coconut,
½ cup dried fruit (add after cooked) –date pieces, cranberries, cherries, apricots, mango
Wet Ingredients & seasonings:
2 individual cup unsweetened applesauce (about 1 cup total)
1/3 cup agave nectar (or brown rice syrup, honey or maple syrup)
2 Tablespoons canola oil
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 Tablespoon ground ginger
½ tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 300°F.

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix the wet ingredients together, and then stir into dry ingredients. Stir well to mix thoroughly.

Spread the mixture into two baking dishes. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes, or until evenly golden brown. Stir every 10 - 15 minutes to ensure even browning. If you use fruit, stir once it is cooled. Store in the refrigerator.

I'm also going to try this recipe for dinner, and serving this dish with hot buttered croissants, and fresh juicy strawberries. The perfect end to a day of gardening (yep, planting my herbs in pots today!)


2 cups chopped cooked chicken

2 cups chopped celery

1 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup sharp Cheddar cheese, grated

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1/2 cup slivered almonds

Salt & freshly ground black pepper

1 cup crushed potato chips

Stir all together EXCEPT potato chips. Top with chips.

Bake in 2 quart casserole @ 450 degrees for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Serves 4


  1. Dear Hannah

    You are my hero. I can't wait to try both recipes! I wish I could be home planting herbs, baking croissants, and making granola....Of course, I would have to be able to keep plants alive in order to garden....

    Thanks again!


  2. Your granola sounds wonderful. Did you eat it on your sunporch?
    :o) Mom